Wildfire Warning

An air tanker makes a drop on a wildfire in 2017 northeast of Medford. In an effort to reduce the chance of wildfires, the Oregon Department of Forestry recommends landowners use the dry weather to create backyard debris piles and ignite just before the next forecasted rain event.

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With recent dry east winds, local fire officials recommend landowners exercise caution regarding burning of yard debris. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has already responded to one regional fire overnight.

While fire season has been declared over for several months now, conditions are now favorable that a backyard burn could escape beyond a homeowner’s control.

The public is cautioned:

  • To keep any burning to small piles, no larger than four feet by four feet.
  • Never leave burning piles unattended and check recently burned piles to make sure all heat has been extinguished.
  • Burn piles are known for holding heat for several weeks, capable of coming back to life and escaping into wildfires that can do serious resource damage as well as threaten nearby communities.

ODF recommends landowners use the dry weather to create the piles and ignite just before the next forecasted rain event.

Contact your local fire department or the Oregon Department of Forestry – Astoria District office if you have questions regarding burning.

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